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December 11, 1972

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 4

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Names That Have Stirred Earth Being Used in Moon Exploration ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, MON., DEC. 11, 1972 Page 4 By HARRY F. Rosenthal Associated Press Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Exploring the moon, the Apollo 17 astronauts will make copious use of the names of greatness, fiction and whimsy that have stirred minds on earth. Came lot, Bronte, Candide and Cochise. Lee, Lincoln, Mitchell and Jones. Sherlock, Gatsby, Lara and Nemo. They're all places the astronauts will visit during their three days on the moon. "They are the people in the literary arts who have impressed me as having explored the human mind and the spirit at given times," said Harrison H. Schmitt, the geologist-astro­ naut who tacked on most of the names. "They are just names that occurred to me," he went on, "people that I'm most familiar with in the reading that I do. They are people who are past greats in literature. There are some references, not to names, but to characters or places in the books of present writers that I personally feel close to." The names — for craters, flats and mountains — will stick only so long as the astronauts are on the moon and serve to identify sites for the space scientists on the ground. But they'll make a good parlor game for literary whizzes who happen to catch a moon-to- earth broadcast. Here is a little guide to some of the 62 names. Agassiz: Louis Agassiz studied the geological and biological samples and data returned by Army explorers of the American West. Agricola: Latin name of Greg Bauer, 16th century author of treatises on mining and metallurgy. Bronte: Charlotte Bronte, 19th century English novelist. Candide; Protagonist of a satirical book with the same name by French author Voltaire. Cochise: Apache chief. "I think he personifies many of the great things that exist within the Indian peoples," said Schmitt, a New Mexican. Holden: Holden Caulfield, protagonist of "Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger. Horatio: Horatio Hornblower, a character in the historical fiction of C. S. Forester. John Locke: English philo- spher and scientist. Henry: Prince Henry the Navigator, 15th century supporter of early Portuguese explorations. Lara: Heroine of Boris Pasternak's novel, Dr. Zhivago. Nemo: Character in the novels of Jules Verne. Rogers: Humorist Will Rogers and fictional space hero Buck Rogers. Shorty: A character in Richard Brautigan's novel "Trout Fishing in America." Tasaday: For a tribe recently discovered in the Philippines; living in a dense rain forest, they reputedly are unaware of the moon's existence. Cernan, Schmitt on Threshold Of Lunal Walk SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harris H. Schmitt are poised on the threshold of man's last planned lunar exploration, ready to ship named Challenger for a plunge to a box canyon on the moon. The last Apollo rocketed smoothly into lunar orbit Sunday, and the men of 17 spent board a spider-legged landing the night circling the moon, Capt. Eugene A. Cernan Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt resting for the descent at 2:55 p.m. EST today to the barren surface 15 miles below. Ahead, for Cernan and Schmitt, were three days of exploration among the craters, hills and canyons of a steep- sided valley called Taurus-Lit- trow. As the 11th and 12th lunar explorers, they will walk and drive more than 20 miles over the valley floor searching rock and soil for secrets needed to complete the moon history already partially recorded through five earlier American landings. The third Apollo 17 crewman, Ronald E. Evans, will remain in lunar orbit aboard the command ship America. He will probe the surface from above with an array of science instruments and special cameras. Spacemen Enjoy View America and Challenger, still locked nose-to-nose, swept behind the moon and out of touch with Mission Control at 2:36 p.m. EST Sunday. Eleven minutes later, they fired America's powerful service propulsion rocket engine to slow the speeding craft and settle it into lunar orbit. As in past moon flights, Mission Control waited through the silence for word of a successful firing, this time for 22 minutes. Then the spacecraft shot from behind the moon; and, from a quarter million miles away, Cernan's voice crackled into the control center: "Thumbs up, America has arrived on station for the challenge ahead." With their lunar goal at least near, the three spacemen let flow the joy and excitement of their view. "We're breathing so hard, the windows are fogging up on the inside," said Evans, the first Vietnam veteran assigned a space mission. Schmitt, the first American scientist in space, began a chattering catalogue of descriptions of what he saw passing below his window. With a fluency nurtured by more than a decade of study at Harvard and other universities, the geologist told of craters and mounds and shattered mountains, calling each of them by name. He stopped suddenly at one point and called out: "Hey, I just saw a flash on the lunar surface." "It was right out there north of Grimaldi," he said, naming a crater which is on the left edge of the full moon as viewed from the earth. "It was just a pinprick of light." Flashes of light have been seen on the moon before, but never by astronauts in orbit. The lights, called transient events, are thought to come from the heat of impacting meteorites or possibly from the belch of a still-living volcano. Schmitt asked scientists in Mission Control to check for any signals from seismographs left on the moon by earlier Apollos. But the instruments were busy recording signals from the planned crash to the moon of the third stage of Apollo 17's Saturn 5 rockets. Officials said the impact, which caused the moon to vibrate for two hours, Apollo 17 Families Anxiously Watching Comdr. Ronald K. Evans SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — The families of Apollo 17's men have reeled with joy three times so far, but now comes the biggest kick of all — watching a walk on the moon. "I'm going to look up there tonight and see if- I can see them," said Barbara Cernan, wife of the Apollo 17 commander. "It's great. I'm so happy." Her husband, Eugene, and astronaut Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt are to land on the moon this afternoon and prepare for an evening of exploration, while the third crewman, Ronald E. Evans, remains in - lunar orbit. As they do, Cernan's wife and daughter; Evans' wife, daughter and son, and bachelor Schmitt's mother and sister will be watching on television and listening to squawk boxes through which they monitor Apollo 17's chatter. They already have witnessed three successful phases: a spectacular launch, the exit from earth's orbit on Thursday and the firing into moon orbit Sunday. The Cernan and the Evans families live near the Space Center, though their homes are in different neighborhoods. Barbara Cernan and Jan Evans, in conversations over the weekend, shared the same mood, however. It was one of excitement. "I'll be anxious to hear from him, but I'm not worried," said Mrs. Evans. Mrs. Cernan, who remembers her husband's flight in Apollo 10, has similar feelings. "This time, I don't feel nervous like I did before," she said, tightly gripping daughter Tracy's hand as she awaited word that her husband had successfully entered lunar orbit Sunday afternoon. "I nearly cried I was so upset," she said of the earlier mission. But, as the spacecraft reappeared from the moon's dark side on schedule, the former airline stewardess beamed, "Great! I'm so happy!" Then she said, "It's not the kind of thing you ever get used tos" Schmitt's mother, who lives in Silver City, N.M., is staying with a daughter in Tucson, Ariz. Illllllllltlllllllllllllltlllllllllllllllllllllllllllll fAILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid- America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Terril and Graettinger, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Charles Ostheimer, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald Stoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Dally News Office. Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll 40 minutes, would have masked any signals from a small meteorite hit. It was one of the few disappointments to that point in this mission — the last and most ambitious of the Apollo series. ROUTE of astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt on their extravehicular excursions is sketched on a photograph of the Taurus-Littrow landing site. Numbers indicate stops for major experiments. SGT. STRIPES ... FOREVER by Bill Howrillo AJJP THB OMep. IS ATIENJPIN<& MI^HT SCtfOCU. THE BADGE GUYS by Bowen & Schwarz CARNIVAL by Dick Turner SIDE GLANCES by Gill Fox (SUlEBieinNi© , W2 t>, NU, l.c. T.M. 1,, U.S Off "Our little boy is growing up, Daphne . . ." ". . . he asked me what comes after 'Aid To Dependent Children'!" "Do you have one saying, 'Have a nice divorce'?"

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